Even in small town America, big government, big brother tyranny is taking it’s ugly hold on freedom and liberty. In the small East Texas town of Overton, population 2,500, two sisters, ages 7 and 8, respectively were trying to raise some money so that they could surprise their dad on Father’s Day, footing the $105 bill for a fun family day at Splash Kingdom.
“We were trying to raise some money to take our dad to Splash Kingdom,” 8-year-old Andria explained to KLTV .
So the young entrepreneurs did what used to be a long-standing American tradition for ambitious youngsters — they started a lemonade stand to raise the money.
“We had kettle corn and lemonade,” Zoey the sister explains. “The lemonade was 50 cents and the kettle corn was a dollar, but if you got both it was a dollar.”
Business immediately took off for the young duo. In the first hour they’d made $25, according to the little girls’ mother, Sandi Evans, when a “code enforcement” killjoy came along to smother the kid’s aspirations.
“A code enforcement officer and the chief, she called me to the side and said we needed a permit,” Sandi recalls.
The City agreed to waive the $150 fee for a ‘Peddler’s Permit,” but the health department would prove a bigger problem.
Police Chief Clyde Carter explains, “It is a lemonade stand but they also have a permit that they are required to get.”
Texas House Bill 970, or the Texas Baker’s Bill, prohibits the sale of food which requires time or temperature control to prevent spoilage. Since lemonade technically must be refrigerated to prevent the growth of bacteria, by law, the girls can not sell it without an inspection and permit.
Sandi does not agree.
“I think that’s ridiculous. I think they’re 7 and 8 and they’re just trying to make money for their own cause,” she said.
It is, however, the law, and Overton police say they will enforce it.
Creatively, the sisters have decided to have run the lemonade stand this Saturday, only this time asking for donations rather than selling their two products. We’ll see if there’s a rule against that as well.
The girls said they were a “little mad, sad” and “confused” at the government’s decision.
Yes, folks, big government has even engulfed and swallowed small town America. The progressive controlists have their greedy meat hooks into every aspect of human behavior.
There is nothing they are content leaving alone. They must control, tax, and/or regulate everything that moves. Progressive leftists need to get their own country and leave us alone.
These young girls are having their American spirit squished out of them by tyrannical leftists who if born in a different time, in a different country, would be very happy to be part of the Gestapo.
And you thought Texas was immune to this type of nonsense?
h/t: The Daily Caller